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We have a 2003 Saturn Ion that has intermittent starting problems. The problem occurs at all temperatures. If we wait 5-15 minutes it will start. Have replaced the battery and starter My girlfriends 2003 Saturn ION has the same issue. The battery is good, and the starter has just been replaced. The starting intermittency problem seems more pronounced the colder it gets, although it did occur a couple of times in late summer/early fall.

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    I have the same problem. I have been living in Germany for the last 5 years and just recently moved back to the US. My saturn started doing it right around the 50000 mile mark on the odometer and I believe that it was intentionally designed to start acting funny at that time to force owners to take it to a saturn dealership for service. If you take it anywhere else, the mechanics will assume that it is the batteries or the alternator or the starter and you will be out all of that money for nothing. I have a few other ideas but have not really checked into them yet. It could be a relay somewhere but I dont know where or i was thinking that it could be a malfunction in the theft deterrent protection that the car provides. My key is worn and it sticks a little sometimes. Maybe the car thinks that I am stealing it and shuts off of fuel. I seem to remember the dealer telling me about some special feature like this. Maybe not though.

    When did your problems start? What does Saturn say about it?

    jamesperryiraq@yahoo.com

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Take the car in, and have the fuel pump checked, and maybe the alternater. Something in there is going out. Could even be lose battery cables, or a lose connection. Either way, you should have it checked before you get stuck somewhere.

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